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Old 04-08-2010, 21:20   #1
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1979 Lancer 36

I am considering buying a Lancer 36. Looking for any info on it. What to look out for. Pros and cons. I would like to eventually cruise the pacific. It has a three cylinder yanmar diesel. Thanks
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Old 04-08-2010, 22:07   #2
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I don't want to rain on your parade but I would run the other way from a Lancer. My friend used to have a smaller model, and there are a few here in the marina (including a 36). They're notorious for being mass production / low quality boats and at least the two I was on sail like bath tubs. Get some other advice; I might be crazy, but that's been my experience.
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I don't want to rain on your parade but I would run the other way from a Lancer. My friend used to have a smaller model, and there are a few here in the marina (including a 36). They're notorious for being mass production / low quality boats and at least the two I was on sail like bath tubs. Get some other advice; I might be crazy, but that's been my experience.
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Thanks for your reply. The seller tells me the boat has been in the transpac 4 times. Also, posted in the add : "The Lancer 36 is a performance cruising version of the famous offshore racer "Chutzpa" designed by Bill Lee and the only boat to ever win the transpac back to back in its class." Do you know anything about this claim? Anyone?

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Rebel Heart,

Thanks for your reply. The seller tells me the boat has been in the transpac 4 times. Also, posted in the add : "The Lancer 36 is a performance cruising version of the famous offshore racer "Chutzpa" designed by Bill Lee and the only boat to ever win the transpac back to back in its class." Do you know anything about this claim? Anyone?

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I don't know about the validity of the claim, but its repeated on this site that has quite a bit of info on the boats:

s/v September Sea Website: THE BOAT

At 10,000# it should be fast, and the asking price sure would make it worth a look for me.
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An old Sailnet thread that has been currently updated with some good info. Might answer some of your questions re quality issues and the Transpac claim.

Lancer 36 Sloop - SailNet Community
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Today I took the boat from channel islands harbor to ventura harbor. I am a concerned that it may be underpowered. As it turns out it has a 2 cylinder yanmar. Seamed slower than it should be. It felt to me like it may not beat against the weather very well under power alone. Is this a serious concern? After being a sailor for years the past year I have been a power boater with a fairly quick inflatable. Possibly I'm just used to going faster.? Does not have a knot meter nor GPS.
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Re: 1979 Lancer 36

I don't like the weight at 10,500 for a 36. The keel is fin and the rudder is not supported so the bearing will wear fast. Just seems way under built.
LANCER 36 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
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Re: 1979 Lancer 36

Dude, it is a BILL LEE (fast is fun)design! The Santa Cruz 50' (which I owned) was 16,000 lbs and I would take that boat anywhere. Some people like to go fast and some like to go at a snails pace (Wetsnail 32 comes to mind).
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Dude, it is a BILL LEE (fast is fun)design! The Santa Cruz 50' (which I owned) was 16,000 lbs and I would take that boat anywhere. Some people like to go fast and some like to go at a snails pace (Wetsnail 32 comes to mind).
Hal Roth raced a Santa Cruz 50 around the world in the BOC (twice) . That should tell you how tough they are. Nothing wrong with his designs in my book.
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Nothing wrong with a Wauquiez either....they make sweet boats!
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Re: 1979 Lancer 36

I was looking at one of these a couple of years back and discovered, if I remember correctly, that William F. Buckley's last boat, "Patito", was a Lancer 36. Googling "William F. Buckley Patito" pulls up some interesting stories.
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